Monday, April 26, 2010

Syagrus romanzoffianum - Queen Palm

Syagrus romanzoffianum: Syagrus is the name used by Pliny the Elder for a variety of date palm; romanzoffianum, named for the politician Nikolai Petrovich Romanoff (1754-1826), who financed the second Russian expedition in the Americas.

Feather palm with fronds easily damaged by wind.

Soft, flexible, paired leaflets radiate around the frond. Petioles are unarmed.

Fruits are inedible single-seeded drupes about 1.5" long ripening late in summer.

Very smooth grey bark with rings originating from old leaf base attachments.

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